Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
We work with communities in the developing world to deliver long-term positive change to people’s lives.
Established in 1973, today Trócaire works countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East on issues including livelihoods, human rights, gender equality, HIV, climate change and emergency relief.
In Ireland, we raise awareness about the causes of poverty through our outreach programmes in the education sector, through parish networks, and through our public campaigns and advocacy work.
Trócaire was set up in 1973 by the Bishops of Ireland to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for the suffering of the world’s poorest people.
At that time, the Bishops issued a Pastoral Letter on development, informed by the core principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Read full text of the Bishops of Ireland Pastoral Letter
Learn about how Trócaire works, our vision and mandate
Read about Trócaire’s 40-year history working for a just world
ÉAMONN MEEHAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Éamonn Meehan first joined Trócaire staff in 1991 as Programme Manager for the Southern Africa Region. For five years in this role, he managed the day-to-day running of Trócaire’s work in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 1996 he became Head of the International Division, responsible for Trócaire’s work overseas. This included the allocation of resources to development and humanitarian programmes and securing co-financing from the Irish government, the EU and others.
In 2002, Éamonn was appointed Deputy Director and Head of Trócaire’s Ireland Division with over-arching responsibility for fundraising and marketing, communications, development education, policy and campaigns. Previously from 1987-1991, Éamonn worked with the Agency for Personal Service Overseas (APSO) as Regional Representative for Southern Africa based in Lesotho. A former teacher, he has taught in Clane, County Kildare, Knocklyon in County Dublin and in Turkana in Kenya. Originally from Kilmaley, County Clare, Éamonn holds a Masters in Education from Trinity College, Dublin. Éamonn became Executive Director of Trócaire in October 2013.
BISHOP WILLIAM CREAN, CHAIR
Bishop William Crean was born in Tralee, County Kerry. His studies for the ministerial priesthood were at Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, where he obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1977. He was ordained for Kerry Diocese in 1976.
His first assignments were as a teacher and chaplain to post-primary schools in Killorglin and Tarbert. He was a founding Director of Radio Kerry and was Chairperson of ARENA (the Adult Religious Education National Association).
Bishop Crean served as a Curate in Glenbeigh (1980-1983), Killorglin (1996 -1998) and as Parish Priest of Castlegregory (1999-2006) and Caherciveen (2006-2012). The appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of William Crean as Bishop of Cloyne was announced on 24 November 2012. His ordination took place in January 2013. He was appointed Chair of Trócaire in June 2013.
OUR INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS
Trócaire is a member of Caritas Internationalis, the international confederation of 162 Catholic development agencies, and CIDSE, the alliance of 16 Catholic development organisations in Europe and America.